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Maritime Alps ski tour 2017
Ski touring weekend on the Italy / France border, near to Turin
Course overview
An exciting weekend of ski mountaineering summits in the remote Maritime Alps. This region offers remote touring in stunning Alpine scenery, giving you the ideal way to get away from it all. The itinerary is flexible to take account of the previous skills and experience.
This long weekend minimises time off work, and cheap flights are available from London Gatwick to Turin airport. The airport transfer between Turin airport and the start point in included (110km), and you have two full days ski touring, and three nights half board accommodation.
In terms of ski ability you should have good off-piste experience and ideally have at least a couple of days of previous ski touring experience. Any previous ropework skills are beneficial but not essential as all necessary techniques are covered during the weekend.

This weekend course is also ideal to be used as acclimatisation or preparation for one of the famous week long ski tours such as the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt).

Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Avalanche safety airbags
We have teamed up with Black Diamond, who we also stock in our Windermere mountain store, to rent their avalanche airbags. We selected the Halo 28 JetForce airbag for our hire equipment, as the pack size is well suited to our off piste and intro ski tour courses. The key features are the PIEPS automatic self diagnosis performs full system check on every startup, the travel-friendly fully rechargeable lithium-ion battery which supports 4+ deployments per charge, a Cordura airbag made from puncture-resistant automotive material is easy to repack for practice and multiple deployments, and the unique Jet fan which inflates the 200 L airbag in 4 seconds, and automatically deflates after 3 minutes to create a potential air pocket. Click on image on the left, for hire details.

Course overview
This remote region in the Maritime Alps offers so many options for ski touring, that the itinerary can be flexible to allow for any changes in conditions, to get the best powder and the most summits.
Fri Travel to Turin airport to arrive for the group airport transfer which will depart not later than 16.00. You are driven to the comfortable valley guesthouse in Vallee Maira to arrive in time for dinner. After dinner there is a briefing and kit checks. Night in guesthouse.
Sat Day 1: Drive from Valle Maria to Chialvetta, a beautiful remote mountain village at 1494m. From here the ski tour summit for today is Monte Boscasso 2589m. There is usually a great powder descent back to Chialvetta for a beer in the late afternoon. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in guesthouse.
Sun

Day 2: After a good breakfast, you are driven to Saretto at 1534m, the start of todays ski tour. Today is a circuit over remote high cols, including either the famous Sauton pass 2687m or the Cavalla pass at 2500m, to summit either Monte Viraysse 2844m or Mont Soubeyran 2701m. After stunning summit photos there is time for a well earned rest, then it's time to enjoy the long powder ski descent back to Saretto. There's a short drive back to the guesthouse, before a great Italian celebratory meal in the evening.

Mon

Breakfast, then time for some last minute souvenir shopping in Vallee Maira. The airport transfer is due to leave around 10.30 in time to catch the London flight departing from c.15.30. Depart for home.

The technical elements covered during the course usually include the following:
Avalanche beacon searches Use of skins and harscheisen Kick turns on steeper terrain
Crevasse rescue and hoists Basic glacier travel ropework Trip planning and preparation
Transceiver detection fields Techniques on touring skis Equipment choice & selection
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionally we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Starting the great ski down from the Domes du Miages in fantastic powder
Course Prices
Standard course
2 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
4 days holiday in total, Friday-Monday
£699
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for two days, 2) Airport transfer to / from Turin airport *, 3) Pre course information dossier, 4) Equipment discount voucher for our UK shop, 5) Three nights half board accommodation (two people sharing), 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road / rail transport as per the itinerary detailed above, 8) Safety briefing & kit check before guiding, 9) Logistics support and advice from our Windermere office.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Turin airport, 2) Cable Cars (not usually required), 3) Ski / boot / avalanche safety kit hire (can be booked in advance and collected on arrival), 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Notes: This trip is guaranteed for groups of between 2 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) per guide.
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Price: £699 Book online

Preparatory trips
Chamonix Off Piste

Avalanche Training

Alternatives
Intro Ski Tour Week
Silvretta Ski Tour


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Location data for this trip
The trips all meet in Turin airport, and you are met by the guide, who takes you on the transfer to the guesthouse in Vallee Maira.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
Skis & equipment advice
Because we know it is so important to you to have the most suitable equipment and clothing for off piste skiing and touring, we have devoted a page especially to it, which you can access by clicking on the image, or by clicking here. This page outlines the key equipment you should bring, and gives examples of skis that are suitable for the course. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
Maritime Alps ice climbing
As well as ski touring, we are also able to offer ice climbing in the same region, as a bespoke trip, and the film below was made by Marco, who typically leads our trips in this amazing region. Get in touch if you'd like to organise an ice climbing weekend in this area.
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



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